$1500 Proposed gaming build, need feedback

Approximate Purchase Date: March

Budget Range: 1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Livestreaming, Browsing web

Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Optical Drive

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Compability

Overclocking: Yes

SLI or Crossfire: Future

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Need this to be fairly quiet and cool and somewhat future oriented.

My proposed build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

GPU: MSI R6950 Twin Frozr III 1G/OC Radeon HD 6950 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

MOBO: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX650 (CMPSU-650HX) 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 650D ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SSD: Crucial m4 CT128M4SSD2BAA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

I've linked these individually but whatever could be in a combo, already is.
Totals to $1390 before rebates.
Looking for any suggestions or problems with compatibility or issues with any of the products listed.
Also looking for suggestions/feedback on what can be added or improved as my current budget allows $1500.
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  1. For overclocking, you'll need a good CPU cooler. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus or EVO are fine.

    However, that tall ram will interfere with most coolers. Best to get the standard profile stuff.

    Being a bit conservative on such matters, I would bump the PSU to 750 watts. 650 would work, but it would also have to work a little harder than 750w thus shortening it's life.

    Other than that is looks very good.
  2. Thanks for the quick reply, always appreciated.

    For $30 I already had that exact model of CPU cooler in mind, which is fine.
    That case is pretty large and shouldn't have any problem containing it.
    Also have no problem getting lower profile ram to facilitate the cooler!

    Totally understand a 750 or even 850W PSU as well to allow for both CPU/GPU OC, and or future Crossfire.

    Those changes would probably fill me out at just around $1500.

    Anyone have any other feedback as far as compatibility or different components?

  3. asus Sabertooth instead of the pro
  4. serialkiller said:
    asus Sabertooth instead of the pro

    The pro is better. Future upgradeability is better.
  5. Yeah i was thinking pro was better when I compared the two.
    Definately looking for at least a slight future proof build for the time being.

    Anything last minute thoughts/suggestions before this is finalized over the weekend?
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